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/ 22 April 2008

Zim arms ship ‘not in SA waters’

A Chinese ship carrying a shipment of arms and ammunition destined for Zimbabwe was not in South African territorial waters, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said on Monday in reaction to a claim that the An Yue Jiang was ”passing through South Africa’s territorial waters” in violation of a court order.

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/ 24 March 2008

Olympics torch lit amid protest

Pro-Tibet demonstrators tried to hijack the Beijing Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia on Monday. In a globally televised ceremony to mark the start of a five-month torch relay, the actress Maria Nafpliotou, playing the high priestess, used a break in the clouds to light the torch in front of the Temple of Hera.

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/ 19 December 2007

2007 deadliest year for journalists since 1994

At least 64 journalists were killed in 2007, making it the deadliest year in more than a decade with Iraq the most dangerous place in the world to report, a United States media watchdog said on Monday. About seven in 10 of the deaths in 2007 were murders, while the rest were combat-related deaths and deaths in dangerous assignments.

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/ 8 December 2007

Israel not ruling out unilateral strike on Iran

Senior Israeli officials warned on Friday that they were still considering a military strike against Iran, despite a fresh United States intelligence report that concluded Tehran was no longer developing nuclear weapons. Although Israel says it wants strong diplomatic pressure put on Iran, it is reluctant to rule out the threat of a unilateral attack.

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/ 13 November 2007

Doctor blames police for SA woman’s airport death

A private pathologist hired by the family of a South African-born woman who died in police custody at Phoenix airport in the United States said she accidentally strangled herself — but he also blamed police for her death. He agreed with a medical examiner’s report that the intoxicated woman accidentally strangled herself on her shackles.

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/ 17 October 2007

Madonna’s new music deal a sign of the times

Madonna’s landmark deal with concert promoter Live Nation marks the latest move by the music industry to find new ways to profit from artists as CD sales slip and the internet changes the way music is delivered. The deal, officially announced on Tuesday, gives the company an all-encompassing stake in her music.